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Laura: A Creole Plantation

2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Atwater, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

It is a creole plantation and was run by women. I loved it and found it much more fascinating than the traditional plantations. The craftsmanship of the slave builders is very impressive. I would recommend it as a must see!!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It is a facinating glimpse into a troubled past, the house and grounds are preserved to a high standard of authenticity. Learn about the history of the plantations and I challenge you to take sugar for granted in the future. Well recommended.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We recently visited Laura's Créole plantation with Cajun Encounters (also excellent.) We were very fortunate to have had Nathan as our plantation guide. He is personable, well informed and so enthusiastic the history of the fabulous example of a Créole plantation. I learned so much about the Créole way of life and the role that the slaves played in the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

What an amazing story! This is a small, unassuming plantation that will inspire any visitor. The tour left us feelings like we had travelled back in time. Our tour guide was exceptional! Great job to all the men and women who have put so much work in maintaining this great estate and educating people of its history!

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Shepherdsville, Kentucky
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Our tour guide, Rocky, was great! Very friendly and informative. This was extremely thorough and interesting. I had never understood the Creole heritage and lifestyle before this tour. It was also very sobering to hear of the life and mistreatment of slaves and see where they lived. Highly recommend this tour!

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Waco, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A very nice plantation to visit. My wife and I really enjoyed the authenticity of the Laura Plantation. Joseph was our guide and he did a superb job of filling us in on the history of the people behind the Laura plantation. I thought this would be just another touristy attraction but was very wrong. I truly enjoyed the information... More 

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Fenelon Falls Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We decided to drive 1.5 hours to see this plantation recommended by our resort. Wow we were very pleasantly surprised. Cost was $20.00 per adult. The tour guide Karen was very knowledgeable about Creole history and gave us an excellent experience. Recommended.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

On my first trip to Louisiana I wasn't able to see the plantations since we spent it in New Orleans. We specifically went to St. Francisville and Vacherie just to see the plantations. Our tour guide Doug did such a fantastic job giving the tour with such dramatization. He was very knowledgeable about the family's information. There is a $20... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Laura Plantation is well restored, giving visitors a good idea of what life on a creole plantation would have looked like. The quality of the tour is only enhanced by the depth of information about the family that actually ran the plantation. Lawson is an incredible guide; he blended history, race, ecology and language into a fascinating and engaging... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The tour is $20 per person and last around an hour and 10 mins. The tour includes an introduction of Laura's family tree, and building material/ structure of the house, and the interior decorations. We also peaked at the slave's house and the "retirement home" of Laura's grandmother - Elizabeth Duparc. There were lots of grapefruit trees in the plantation.... More 

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